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Magnus Magnusson was born on October 12, 1929 in Reykjavik, Iceland

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  • In 2001, the television series was revived on The Discovery Channel, with well-known chat show host Clive Anderson in the role of the interrogator. The new series was a hit, and former BBC host Magnus Magnusson even appeared to spring a surprise on the finalists by handing over the season trophy to winner Michael Penrice.

    Magnus Magnusson, who has died aged 77, was an industrious journalist, writer, broadcaster and public servant destined to have his other achievements overshadowed by his masterly stewardship of the BBC’s television quiz show Mastermind.

  • The final episode of the original run was recorded, appropriately, at St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney. At the end of the programme the famous black chair was given to Magnus Magnusson.

    Magnus Magnusson was born in Reykjavik on October 12 1929. When he was nine months old his family moved to Edinburgh (his father was Icelandic Consul-General for Scotland), and he was educated at Edinburgh Academy, from where he won a scholarship to read English at Jesus College, Oxford.

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    Magnusson's career

    Magnús Magnússon (Magnus Magnusson), writer and broadcaster: born Reykjavik 12 October 1929; staff, Scottish Daily Express 1953-61; Chief Features Writer and Assistant Editor, The Scotsman 1961-68; presenter, Tonight 1964-65; presenter, Chronicle 1966-80; presenter, Mastermind 1972-97; Rector, Edinburgh University 1975-78; Chairman, Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust 1978-85; Chairman, Scottish Youth Theatre 1976-78; Chairman, Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland 1981-89; President, RSPB 1985-90; Hon KBE 1989; FSA 1991; Chairman, Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland (from 1992 Scottish Natural Heritage) 1991-99; Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University 2002-07; married 1954 Mamie Baird (one son, three daughters, and one son deceased); died Blairskaith, East Dunbartonshire 7 January 2007.

Magnus Magnusson (Author of Scotland) - Goodreads

I will counter your disgust for strongman competitions not by disagreeing with you, but by simply applauding everything you find so disreputable with the sport. In fact, I will applaud the (World Strongest Man) event for understanding their audience and their afternoon / after midnight time slot. The WSM competitions are broadcast at the laziest possible time slot…a time when it’s audience (me) is nodding off for an afternoon nap and or channel surfing the absurdist theater of Cheaters or Maury or Dr. Phil. I content the balls to the wall, vein throbbing, muscle meat carnival that is WSM is the only sporting event that can content with the cool demeanor of Joey Greco, nay the paternity testing social provocateur that is Mr. Maury Povich. It is a shear thrill to watch these hulks in action, who usually hail from far away frosty northern countries and have ridiculous names like Magnus Magnusson (the Brett Favre of the sport, a chiseled Nordic legend who just won’t go away despite the absence of remaining ligaments).